Reporting on pedestrian life in the D.C. area

Walking it back: Behold the fun, ridiculous Metro swing

December 10, 2011 - 09:05 AM
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(Photo: Ben Schumin)

Welcome to the weekend, D.C. I hope you're enjoying your Saturday and not too especially chilly — although little can be worse than that terrible rain we got a couple days back, right? Remember to check about weekend track work. WMATA will be tinkering with the Blue, Red, Orange, and Green lines for these couple days, but the station closures have generally ended for 2011.

Let's review the biggest transportation stories of the past week:

• Young people turned a Metro car into a jungle gym with a hefty Metro swing they managed to set up on the Green Line. Watch video of commuters swinging in fear and joy.

• A stark gender gap divides the nation's bicyclists. But why?

• Mayor Vince Gray presents the latest news on our capital's coming streetcar system.

• The folks behind TED have awarded their annual prize not to a person but to an idea ... and it has serious implications for our transportation future.

• Should bicyclists always stop at red lights? One D.C. woman says doing so makes so sense and may even be dangerous.

• Electric-car owners, do you suffer from "range anxiety"?

Like parent, like child, even in matters of DUIs.

• 13 dangerous factors that cause the most fatal crashes on the road.

• Oh, Alec Baldwin, was the game so important? The actor faced off against American Airlines this week.

Santa is here to investigate whether WMATA was naughty or nice in 2011.

• WMATA was at L'Enfant investigating whether its riders like the new map design this week.

• D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells celebrated walkability.

• See a time-lapse video of Metro Silver Line track work.

• Brrrr. In memory of Snowpocalypses past, let's remember the winter of 1958.

• Occupy  protesters plus downtown traffic plus rain spells a transportation nightmare.

• A history of our local road deaths in map form.

• Who better to help make your commute more sustainable than your boss?

Last week: $150 traffic tickets for drivers who stop in the crosswalk, courtesy of our District's red light cameras.

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